Blue Mountain Health Cooperative

Mission

​BMHC is a holistic, multicultural training facility dedicated to strengthening the community through the symbiotic support of service providers, clients, and the community at large. We believe that improving access to and delivery of quality behavioral health care will improve overall health outcomes in our community. We intend to obtain these objectives through:1. Providing education, support and referral resources to providers and to clients 2. Sparking innovative approaches to care through collaborative networking 3. Developing tomorrow’s providers today through training, coaching, and and mentoring. 4. Promoting sustainable provider practices through conscientious use of resources. 5. Improve access to community care via administration of direct therapeutic services at BMHC.

Notes from the nonprofit

The beginning of the formulation of the concept of Blue Mountain Health Cooperative occurred in January 2020 by Alayna Brinton, LICSW of Anchor Point Counseling PLLC. It was apparent to her that the need for mental health services was ever increasing but it seemed that ability to coordinate care between providers and move people into services quickly was becoming harder and harder. Alayna reached out to Melissa Adams, LSWAIC, the Providence St. Mary's population health social worker to discuss her pipe dream of establishing better coordination of care among Walla Walla providers, creating integrated care systems, and creating a support network for both the provider community and behavioral health clients. Melissa quickly breathed life into this idea- taking Alayna's initial idea and building it into something possible by devising tangible placement options and evidence based systems for implementation. Deisy Haid, LCSW next joined the team.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder, Executive Director

Alayna Brinton

Main address

2580 Chisholm ct

Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA

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EIN

85-3547291

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Vision Statement Blue Mountain Health Cooperative is an integrative healthcare community focused on the establishment of a vibrant culture of wellness in the Walla Walla Valley. Mission Statement ​BMHC is a holistic, multicultural training facility dedicated to strengthening the community through the symbiotic support of service providers, clients, and the community at large. We believe that improving access to and delivery of quality behavioral health care will improve overall health outcomes in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BMHC WALK in CLINIC

We are able to treat clients age 13 and up who are needing mental health services but cannot find placement with community providers. Our Behavior Health Navigators will work with patients who enter services with us to assist with finding our clients longer-term services in the community, if those services are needed. We are equipped to work with people to help stabilize symptoms they may be experiencing, assist with coping strategies, and will work to create an individualized plan for each client we meet. We are able to treat people struggling with depression, overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, and managing life change.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults
Multiracial people
People with psychosocial disabilities
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Increase in behavioral health recipients. Number of social work, therapy and and counseling providers are accessed through our services.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Seniors, Young adults, Adolescents, Children

Related Program

BMHC WALK in CLINIC

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increase those served, reduce waiting lists

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PRIMARY METHODS OF REACHING OUR VISION AND CONTINUING OUR MISSION:
We intend to obtain these objectives through:

1. Providing education, support and referral resources to providers and to clients

2. Sparking innovative approaches to care through collaborative networking

3. Developing tomorrow’s providers today through training, coaching, and mentoring

4. Promoting sustainable provider practices through conscientious use of resources.

5. Improve access to care for the community through administration of direct therapeutic services at BMHC.

6. Conducting research, program-development, and program-evaluation to improve solutions to challenges encountered by local families, neighborhoods, and communities.

WE WILL SCREEN CLIENTS. Our hope is we can be notified when that appointment has been made, and we can go meet that person there. Or call them and ask if they know where to go … So they know someone is invested.” The women said there is an expectation that by giving social work students, and perhaps psychology students in the near future, practical experience here, more will choose to stay and work in the area.
WE WILL OPEN FREE CLINICS FOR ADOLESCENTS. The first was extremely successful nd are now available in a regular basis.
WE WILL PROVIDE FOR SIGNIFICANLY SOCIAL WORK INTERN PLACEMENT FROM AREA COLLEGES. When COVID-19 hit the world, local placements for student practicums dropped by 20%, and where those still existed, the coronavirus limited what students could do by about 25%.
WE WILL RAISE COMMUNITY, REGIONAL, STATE AND NATIONAL FUNDS. The group is working on funding by accepting donations, applying for local grants and becoming eligible to accept Medicaid. The hope is with enough of a financial cushion, the co-op can offer sliding-scale billing, based on the client’s ability to pay, not just income.
WE WILL GROW AND ULTIMATELY PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBLE AND BROAD HOURS. Plans call for the co-op to be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and more often in the future. The anticipated case load will be five clients per day per student.

Blue Mountain Health Cooperative is only as strong and viable as the connections we are able to make with other providers and resources in the area. ACTIVE PARTNERS INCLUDE:

Walla Walla University, Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology
WWU has provided many of BMHC's student clinicians and behavioral health navigators. They also have provided clinical supervision for the ongoing growth and success of our students which in turn provides improved care for our community.

Walla Walla Community College
WWCC has provided BMHC with behavioral health navigators as well as training curriculum for patient navigation that has been integrated to assist with care coordination for BMHC clients. The WWCC contribution has helped lay a foundation for our navigators to be well prepared to serve the need in our community.

ArtWalla has partnered with BMHC to provide all of the beautiful artwork in the clinic. All pieces are set to be rotated out biannually in order to allow local artists to showcase their work as well as to help create a soothing environment for BMHC clients and staff.

ArtWalla also provides First Aid Art Kits, which was a response to COVID-19 developed by ArtWalla's Augusta Sparks Farnum in partnership with Providence St. Marys to provide art kits to people who could benefit from art supplies while coping with the mental and emotional challenges brought on by COVID-19.

PESI
BMHC and PESI have created a partnership which will bring access to their high quality, evidence-based training and CEU opportunities to our area through video and streaming on BMHC's website. This partnership will allow for increased dissemination of knowledge and enhancement of skills for our local providers while offsetting the costs for all who utilize these training opportunities.

GRANTS AND DONATIONS ARE SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO OPEN AND SUSTAIN BMHC WITH SUFFICIENT OPERATING BACK UP, PLEDGES, AND ACTIVIE GRANT APPLICATIONS.

COMPETENT STAFFING WILL SUPPORT THE HIGH GOALS AND QUALITY OF BMHC:

Alayna Brinton, LSWAIC, Executive Director, and Melissa Melissa Adams, LSWAIC, the Providence St. Mary's population health social worker are deeply concerned about the behavioral health of their neighbors, and coordination of care among area providers, by creating integrated care systems, and a support network for both the provider community and behavioral health clients. Deisy Haid, LCSW from the Walla Walla University School of Social Work was next to join the team, adding to the dream by bringing her wealth of knowledge as well as the resources of the students of Walla Walla University.

ESTABLISHED 501c3
PROCURED IRS EXEMPTION
RAISED SIGNIFICANT FUNDS
RENTED (IN-KIND) AND FURNISHED A CENTER
GENERATED COMMUNIITY INTEREST AND SUPPORT
RECEIVE COVERAGE BY LOCAL NEWS
OPENED FIRST FREE WALK-IN CLINIC
DEVELOPED MOUs WITH MOST LOCAL PROVIDERS
BECAME A WORK FORCE TRAINING CENTER
ESTABLISHED MYRIAD PARTNERSHIPS
SUBMITTED 6 GRANT APPLICATIONS WITH MORE IN THE "QUEUE"

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Blue Mountain Health Cooperative (BMHC) will not deny services to individuals based on race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, and genetic information (including family medical history). Our service model includes unique plans to serve the following populations: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) including low-income individuals, Immigrants, First Nations/Native Americans, Latinx/Hispanic, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, veterans, students, seniors, parents, families, teens, young adults, adults and individuals with low-reimbursement insurance. All BMHC staff will train in cultural humility, diversity, privilege, and oppression to ensure clients do not experience any form of discrimination and racism. BMHC

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    BMHC is very new and client experiences have not been followed for a sufficient period to make programmatic changes based on their content. Periodic provider evaluations will be used to evaluate matches between therapists/navigators and clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback will be broadly shared with adherence to HIPPA requirements and client confidentiality. BMHC is eager to collect and share stories of: renewed health; transformation; successful services; and suggested modifications with ALL constituents and the community. We feel such information will encourage our neighbors to seek behavioral health support and our community to support BMCH with their time, treasure and talent. We anticipate our first effort at this will be by the end of 2021.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Blue Mountain Health Cooperative

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alayna Brinton


Board co-chair

Melissa Adams

Deisy Haid

Walla Walla University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.